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Virginia whitewater, Buffalo River

Amherst county, Forks of Buffalo to Amherst section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II     19 miles
  The natural beauty of Virginia and the cool fresh water attract people from near and far. The Forks of Buffalo to Amherst stretch of Buffalo River is 19 miles long and it is classified as a class II section by American Whitewater. If you're coming from Lynchburg it's not a long drive at all to the put-in location, as you can see on the road map further down. If you hurry you can run this section in a day but why not make it an overnighter,
    so why not pack your sleeping bag too. You can pitch a tent or park your RV at a nearby campground. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Virginia are often more forgiving than in other states, so don't
forget that the rivers in this state are less demanding. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Getting some good exercise and just hanging out with mother nature have a lot of people coming here. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or kayaking this area has a large number of paddling places. This is one of a small number of paddling sections  
in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
Lots of people from Clifford come to Buffalo River; glorious hiking is available along the Tolley Gap Trail. Buffalo River is a wet place that gets a great deal of precipitation. The month with most of the rain is October, and January is the month with the least moisture. Summertime highs at Buffalo River ordinarily tend to be in the 80's. Summer night lows descend down to the 60's. The winter comes with highs in the 40's, and after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at Buffalo River drop into the 20's.

Buffalo River, Forks of Buffalo to Amherst road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Buffalo River.
 Whitewater Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo River, Amherst County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 19 miles long (Forks of Buffalo to Amherst)
Buffalo River, Amherst County, 7 miles away
      Class I-III - 13 miles long (Amherst to Tye River)
Piney River, Nelson/Amherst County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.5 miles long (Alhambra to Woodson)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 9 miles away
      Class I(II) - 6 miles long (Route 640 to Highway 130)
Shoe Creek, Amherst/Nelson County, 9 miles away
      Class III-V - 2 miles long (North Fork to Piney)
Harris Creek, Amherst County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III - 7 miles long (Route 130 to James River)
Staton's Creek, Amherst County, 10 miles away
      Class V - 0.6 miles long (Staton's Falls to Pedlar River)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 11 miles away
      Class I-III - 3 miles long (Highway 130 to James River)
Pedlar River, Amherst County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 14 miles long (Below Lynchburg Reservoir to Route 640)
Tye River, -blank- County, 11 miles away
      Class -blank- - 6 miles long (US 29 to Route 654)
 Ski Areas Near Buffalo River:
Wintergreen, Virginia , 19 miles away, 1003 foot drop, 5 lifts, 20 runs
Massanutten, Virginia , 49 miles away, 1110 foot drop, 8 lifts, 14 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 55 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Bryce Resort, Virginia , 69 miles away, 500 foot drop, 5 lifts, 8 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 73 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Canaan Valley, West Virginia , 78 miles away, 850 foot drop, 4 lifts, 34 runs
Timberline, West Virginia , 79 miles away, 1000 foot drop, 4 lifts, 37 runs
 Hotels Near Buffalo River:
Knights Inn Madison Heights Lynchburg, Madison Heights , 9 miles away
Scottish Inns Madison, Madison Heights , 10 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn, Lynchburg , 11 miles away
Holiday Inn LYNCHBURG, Lynchburg , 12 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles-El Monte CA, El Monte , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Buffalo River:
Cow Camp Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Vesuvius, 8 miles away
Piney River Campground, Piney River, 9 miles away
Seeley-Woodworth Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Vesuvius, 10 miles away
 Trails Near Buffalo River:
Tolley Gap Trail, Amherst , 5 miles away
White Rock Gap Trail, Augusta , 16 miles away
Cashaw Creek Trail, Amherst , 17 miles away
Cold Spring Bald Mountain Trail, Augusta , 17 miles away
Mills Creek Trail, Augusta , 17 miles away
 Public Lands Near Buffalo River:
Booker T Washington National Monument, Hardy - VA , 50 miles away
Holliday Lake State Park, Virginia , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Buffalo River:
Poplar Grove Golf Club, Amherst , 3 miles away
Shadow Ridge Golf Course, Amherst , 6 miles away
Winton Country Club, Amherst , 6 miles away

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